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Edinburgh, Glasgow and Heathrow airports announce new traffic records

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Heathrow airports today annouced their year-end figures for 2015 – healthy rises in passenger throughput of 9.4%, 13% and 2.2% respectively.

Edinburgh Airport enjoyed the busiest ever year at a Scottish airport with 11.1 million passengers passing through the gateway in 2015.

The annual total represents an increase of over 950,000 passengers from the 2014 total.

The success was bolstered by particularly strong international passenger figures – which in December peaked with a 19% year-on-year growth.SignEd

Welcoming the annual passenger figures Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said: “Last year we enhanced passenger choice by offering more routes and more destinations– and passengers responded by choosing to fly in and out of Edinburgh Airport in greater numbers than ever before.

“This unprecedented success of 11.13 million passengers through our doors highlights the draw of Edinburgh as a destination and the growing appeal that Scotland holds across the globe.

“We remain focused on delivering more success in the year ahead. In 2016 we will continue to improve the passenger experience at Edinburgh Airport with a multi-million pound investment in our check-in and baggage systems, an improved retail offering with greater choice products and we aim to expand our range of new routes and destinations in the year ahead."

Glasgow Airport


A total of 8.7 million passengers (+13%) used Glasgow Airport last year – one million more than in 2014, to secure its largest ever annual increase.

Managing director, Amanda McMillan, told reporters that the results were the perfect way to begin its 50th anniversary year.

She says: "Welcoming an additional one million passengers through our doors last year was a huge accomplishment, but by far the most pleasing aspect was the extent to which we bolstered our connections to European cities such as Budapest, Prague, Milan and Bucharest.

“As well as developing our growing route network, we will also continue to invest in our terminal and facilities in 2016 and will shortly unveil details of our terminal redevelopment plan.”

Heathrow Airport

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Nearly 75 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in 2015, an increase of 2.2% on 2014 and the airport’s highest ever number of annual passengers.

CEO, John Holland-Kaye says: “Without doubt 2015 has been a banner year for Heathrow, serving more passengers than ever and being recognised in a number of awards as the best major airport in Europe for both passenger service and eco-innovation.  

"The record levels of passenger satisfaction are due to a significant increase in training, apprenticeships and the number of frontline colleagues moving into management roles.

"Our new expansion plan will make Heathrow the most sustainable hub airport, and Britain the best connected country in the world. We are ready to serve.”

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